Planned Parenthood Abortion Businesses Sued Over Sexual Harassment

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 5, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 5, 2004

Houston, TX ( — A federal agency that monitors employment discrimination is filing a lawsuit against a Planned Parenthood abortion business in Houston alleging that it failed to act when an abortion practitioner sexually harassed an employee.

Rudy Sustaita, a senior trial attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, told the Houston Chronicle that the Houston Planned Parenthood also forced the employee to resign.

After Aymara Castro complained about sexual harassment and filed a discrimination charge, the abortion business retaliated against her, Sustaita indicated.

Peter Durkin, CEO of the Texas abortion facility, told the Chronicle that he couldn’t discuss pending litigation.

"Planned Parenthood has a long-standing policy against any form of harassment and a strong commitment to women’s rights," he said. "While we respect the EEOC’s right to file a lawsuit, these are only allegations and not fact."

This is the second EEOC lawsuit filed against a Planned Parenthood abortion business in recent months.

In Auust, group of black and Hispanic employees filed a federal lawsuit alleging that they were treated in a racist manner by officials at a Planned Parenthood abortion business in southern California.

The former Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles staffers say the abortion facility is directed by white women who have created a hostile workplace environment for men and minority employees.

One complaint from a black employee accuses a PPLA official of referring to him with a racial slur.

"I am African and was shocked by her cultural insensitivity," the complainant said in an affidavit.

"I immediately placed my concerns in writing and requested disciplinary action with the human resources department at PPLA. Nothing ever happened to my complaint," according to the sworn testimony. "In fact, I was later put on probation by a female supervisor and then terminated."

"I am an African-American who witnessed and experienced it," another black employee said. "It upset me because if they allowed her to call him one, they were probably calling all of the African-Americans [the n-word] too."